Welcome

EquityChair is more than just a recruitment business. We provide access to an enviable network of experienced Chairmen and Non Executive Directors (we like to call them Influencers) through three distinct business lines:

The Chairman/NED as Influencer

Why do we keep using this word?

It’s just that in our experience the most effective Chairs and Non Executive Directors operating in the lean, growth focused management teams we work with seem to get the best results when they influence rather than try to instruct!

It is more than just a style point though. We believe that it is fundamental to the nature of the role as an effective value creator.

BVCA High Growth Conference 2016

Equity Chair are very pleased to be sponsoring the BVCA High Growth Conference 2016 on 1st June at the Hilton, Park Lane.

Cindy is running a session entitled 'The Right People for a Growth Enviroment’ which features a fantastic panel made up of Steve Daniels , Margaret Rice Jones and James Davis as part of an interactive hour of open debate.

Click on the link for more details or call Cindy or Sarah if you would like to attend

Contact us if you are looking to find a Chairman or Non Executive Director or looking to add to your existing portfolio of roles

With over 15 years experience of working with Boards of SMEs, both privately owned and Private Equity Backed, we have a deep understanding of what makes a Board work and deliver value to the business. This allows us to provide advice to investors, individual businesses and Chairmen/NXDs at all stages of an organisation's evolution.

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Testimonials

  • "We were in exclusive discussions on a private equity deal and were keen to have a Chairman lined up prior to completion.  Through EquityChair’s Swift Network Access, Cindy Casciani quickly identified a number of quality candidates, one of whom was of particular interest and relevance.  Within a matter of days we were able to meet with him and..."

    Alex Brebbia, Manging Partner
  • "We were introduced to Cindy Casciani at EquityChair by one of our investors, ETF to work with us to find a Chairman to join the board of Voltea. We are a VC backed technology business providing award winning technology that desalinates brackish water at a lower economic and environmental cost than any other available technology. As an international business (headquartered in The Netherlands) but..."

    Bryan Brister, CEO, Voltea
  • "I work in recruitment so I know how poor some recruiters can be, Equity Chair delivered exactly the service they said they would, on time and with professionalism.  I really would recommend them "

    Andy Hogarth, Staffline Group plc
  • "Having worked with Cindy over many years when we were both at different organisations I was well aware of the quality of her work and so when we were looking for a new Advisory Board Member she was the obvious choice. It was a difficult assignment as we had a very specific requirement in mind and the target pool is small and specialised.  Cindy..."

    Roy McKelvie, Founding Partner, Schiehallion Partners
  • "Total Capital Partners worked with EquityChair to recruit a Chairman for our recent investment in Meter Provida.  Cindy Casciani was careful to listen and understand what was needed not only in terms of skills and experience but also cultural fit.  She provided an excellent short-list of candidates, all of a very high calibre. Throughout the process, Cindy provided continued support as we..."

    Natalie Eastham, Managing Partner, Total Capital Partners
  • "Lyceum Capital works with Equity Chair on a regular basis. Most recently on Curocare, we engaged with them at an early stage in our review of the market for potential Chairman, Cindy identified and introduced us to a number of interesting candidates and led to an efficient appointment as the deal closed. We shall certainly use Equity Chair on future opportunities. "

    Simon Hitchcock, Partner, Lyceum Capital
  • "I was introduced to Cindy Casciani at EquityChair as part of my networking to build my non executive portfolio. Over this time, Cindy has been in touch regularly with a number of interesting and relevant private equity backed deals, some of which were very early stage and did not progress to completion. However, Cindy was incredibly professional in her management of the process, giving me..."

    Neil Gillis, Chairman of CuroCare
  • "We were looking for a strong Chief Commercial Officer to run the teams in charge of all the revenue streams at Edinburgh Airport and had been seeking a suitable candidate for quite a long time before we spoke to Equity FD. Equity FD were very responsive and extremely helpful in proposing candidates and quickly found an excellent person to fit the role.   "

    Andrew Gillespie-Smith, Investment Principal, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • "We contacted Cindy Casciani at EquityChair to help us find a Chairman for a business we had identified as an excellent investment opportunity. Cindy understood our requirements, in terms of sector knowledge and previous private equity Chairman experience but also in terms of the character and chemistry fit required. We were delighted that Clive Williams was introduced as he added a great deal of value..."

    Luke Jones, MML Capital
  • "Cindy Casciani at EquityChair introduced me to West Cornwall Pasty Company, a food retailing business backed by Gresham Private Equity that was looking to recruit a Chairman. Cindy accurately matched the challenges facing West Cornwall Pasty Company to my skills and experience within the consumer/retail space and the challenges I enjoy as a Chairman. Throughout the process, I found Cindy and EquityChair very professional..."

    Stuart Rose, Chairman West Cornwall Pasty Company
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Our Blog

  • The AI revolution, is it taking our jobs, even our Non-Executive Director ones?

    Recently, I read an article detailing how a Hong Kong based venture capital firm, Deep Knowledge Ventures, had appointed a computer algorithm to its board of directors.  The programme,...

  • Sarah appears on CMS (Cameron Mckenna)‘s website this month in a featured article

    This month our spotlight article features Sarah Hunt who joined CMS back in 1989.  Sarah gives us the low down on her career so far and reveals her...

  • Impact investing

    We were recently appointed the exclusive Non-Executive Director and Chairman recruitment partner with Big Society Capital to work with the funds in which they invest to appoint relevant Non-Executive Directors...

  • Britain - The Innovation Nation

    ~~Earlier this year the BVCA held a summit celebrating the innovative nature of Britain and it got me thinking… hasn’t this always been the case?  A...

  • The Power of the Network

    I have recently had cause to reflect on the “power of the network.”  This is something I often hear people make reference to but I wonder if...

  • The May election and business

    With so many of the political commentators convinced that May will be only the first election of 2015, I began to wonder what this really means in terms of business activity....

  • Entrepreneurs

    Last night I sat down to watch the new series of The Apprentice. This time there are 20 candidates all brimming with exciting business opportunities.  Each one of them proudly...

  • The relationship between sport and business

    In June, Sarah and I attended the excellent BVCA High Growth Conference.  There were some very good speakers throughout the day, speaking with authority and confidence about their experiences...

  • The importance of proper board structure

    The recent issues at the Co-op Group have only served to strengthen my belief that there is no substitute for a strong, competent board of business-focused people – no matter...

  • Welcome 2014.  The recession is over, let’s get on and do some deals

    Welcome to 2014.  The recession is over, let’s get on and do some deals   As a recruitment business focused largely on private equity – I make this...